This is my 18th entry for this continuing “IT Career JumpStart” blog. I’m about six weeks into the process, and both I and my masters at TechTarget are reasonably pleased with the way things are going so far. I’ve managed to get some discussion going on over half of my posts, and have fielded at least a dozen related e-mails from others who were perhaps too shy or who didn’t want to post comments directly to the blogs.
My objectives here are two-fold:
1. I’d like to ask for your input on how useful or otherwise the kind of content I’ve posted so far has been. Either way, please tell me what you liked best and why, and what you didn’t like (and why for that also, if you’re inclined to tell me).
2. I’m going to present some ideas on future topics for coverage and would like to get your reactions. Please, if you ask me not to cover something, do suggest an alternative topic to take its place if you can–preferably something that interests you, or where you’re currently seeking information or advice and haven’t been able to get what you need.
Here are the topics that I’m planning to cover over the next couple of months, some of which will be multi-part postings:
1. CompTIA Revisited: a look at the CompTIA cert stable, with more coverage on the most popular items, A+, Network+, and Security
2. The Next Microsoft Generation: What’s up with MCTS, MCITP, MCPD, and Microsoft Certified Master?
3. Another take on information security certifications: updating the semi-annual infosec cert survey
4. Industry-motivated academic programs: where certificates, certification, classroom education, and workforce preparation meet
That should probably get us into November, perhaps even as far as Thanksgiving. But with your help and input, I’m more than happy to add and drop items, or to refocus coverage to help address your needs and answer your questions. Ultimately, that really why I’m doing this, so please give me the benefit of your input, not to mention your insight, as we plan for some next steps in the great chain of blogging!